Purse Search Ireland is an exciting fisheries conservation project that involves public participation, so that means you can take part! The project is basically a massive nationwide search for mermaids' purses, the eggcases of sharks, skates and rays. We're hunting for these eggcases because they can provide valuable information on the location of nursery areas for Ireland's egglaying sharks, skates and rays. Information on nursery areas is crucial for effective conservation management and protection of vulnerable species. It's also important for the sustainable
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We work with and for communities pursuing sustainable solutions for the marine environment using education, outreach and innovation as tools for positive change.
Our latest community driven conservation project involved a seal pup rescue with a difference!
When local residents happened upon a seal pup in trouble on Bray Beach, we did not consider that it would have much chance of survival. However, the local community went above and beyond to make this a good news story!
Collecting and identifying mermaids' purses on the shoreline can be a fun activity for the whole family, and although some skate and ray eggcases can be difficult to identify, there are a number of species that can be easily recognized without the eye of a specialist. In fact, mermaid's purse spotting is fast becoming a popular beachcombing activity around the world, with citizen scientists … [Read More...] about How to Identify a Mermaid’s Purse
How a local community on Ireland's east coast came together to take care of a little seal pup in trouble The Grey Seal pup that was rescued by the local community in Bray. Photo credit: Sarah Varian / Marine Dimensions. Marine Dimensions was delighted to coordinate the team of volunteers who watched over the seal pup on Bray Beach earlier this month. When local residents … [Read More...] about Seal Pup Rescue in Bray
One question that we frequently get asked by students considering a career in marine biology is whether they need to learn to SCUBA dive. Marine biologists do not have to be able to dive. Many roles are lab or office based and field work frequently involves surveys which are boat based or on the shoreline. You actually don't even need to know how to swim! Ofcourse, it is … [Read More...] about Do Marine Biologists Have to SCUBA Dive?